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Board of Trustees
Yvan Griboval - President
A self-taught entrepreneur, Yvan Griboval has been in turn a professional offshore racer, print and TV journalist, event organizer and business manager. He designed the OceanoScientific Programme in 2005-06, then the OSC System from 2008 to 2016. The latter enables the automatic collection of scientific data every six seconds, especially on small vessels, and their automatic transfer by satellite every hour to researchers. During the winter of 2016-2017, Yvan successfully led the first OceanoScientific Expedition as part of a single-handed round-the-world tour by sail. That meant 152 days of single-handed sailing including 60 days on an oceanographic expedition in the Antarctic Circumpolar Current around the three great capes, those of Good Hope, Leeuwin, and the Horn. He is now institutionalizing these oceanographic sailing expeditions in the Antarctic Circumpolar Current - in summer as well as in the austral winter - and is also working to equip the ocean racing yachts that sail around the three great continental capes. Yvan is the initiator of the French and Monegasque OceanoScientific philanthropic association. Yvan is Member of the Yacht Club de Monaco ; of the Société des Explorateurs Français ; of the Comité National Français des Recherches Arctiques et Antarctiques and of the Société Française de la Météorologie et du Climat.
Alberto Vitale - Vice-President
Alberto Vitale was a banker and business consultant in Monaco for several years. He decided to return to the trade while applying his expertise in finance to the family's business Vitale 1913 that are experts in acquiring and offering rare diamonds and exceptional gemstones for over 4 generations. Alberto used part of his precious stones collection to create a unique Haute Joaillerie Collection titled ‘Merveilles des Océans’. This collection is composed of distinctive creations inspired by the treasures covering the Mediterranean Sea and he uses magnificent diamonds, responsibly farmed Mediterranean coral as well as other natural precious stones. Presented in partnership with the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, a part of the proceeds from the sale of the ‘Merveilles des Océans’ Collection is donated to the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation to support their initiatives to protect our precious oceans and coral reefs. Alberto is Member of the Yacht Club de Monaco, of the Fédération des Entreprises Monégasques and General Secretary of the Chambre Monégasque de l'Horlogerie et de la Joaillerie.
Laurent Soler - General Secretary
Born on the shores of the Mediterranean in Algiers, Laurent Soler spent his childhood between Bordeaux and the Arcachon Basin, always in contact with the sea. After graduating, Laurent Soler joined the French army. He served with enthusiasm for thirty years. He was then taken on by Le Boat (Sun Sail Group), as director of three water sports centres involved in renting out pleasure craft, thus combining his professional activities and a passion for the sea. Laurent joined the service of Sovereign Prince Albert II of Monaco as aide-de-camp in 2012 and was then appointed in 2014 Chamberlain of the Sovereign Prince for five years. He currently holds the position of Organisation & Security Director within the Monaco Resources Group, based in the Principality. Father of two children and now grandfather of a little girl, Laurent is more than ever sensitive to the need to preserve the Ocean for future generations. A sportsman, he regularly sails, but is above all a keen scuba diver with the Monaco CESMM of which he is Vice-President.